Preview: Sturm Graz vs. Monaco

Sports Mole provides an overview of Thursday’s Europa League clash between Sturm Graz and Monaco, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Monaco before Thursday’s game with Sturm Graz having already sealed their place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

As the home side failed to qualify for the Europa Conference League, the two clubs have little to play in their last Group B game.

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Monaco have certainly not lit up Group B in the past three months, with the French having only scored six goals in five matches.

However, Nico kovacThe squad came out of a tough squad with one game to play, a form that has greatly helped the Croatian keep his job.

To their credit, however, Monaco overcame their early season woes with a seven-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, and 12 goals have been scored in their last five outings.

Convincing victories over Angers and Metz propelled Monaco to seventh position in the Ligue 1 standings, just five points off second place.

Wissam Ben Yeddar remains the key man in the final third, the 31-year-old leading scorer scoring three more goals in five outings.

Sturm Graz was always going to struggle in a squad made up of three strong European clubs, but Christian Ilzer will be disappointed to have collected only one point.

The draw came unexpectedly at Real Sociedad, although they were unable to capitalize on the loot share against PSV Eindhoven as they lost 2-0.

Ilzer’s attention will now turn to home affairs, with Graz 14 points behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg and facing a battle for second place with Wolfsberger.

Still, having won four points in their last two league games, Graz will want to build on the momentum with a positive result against the group winners at home.

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Team news

AS Monaco coach Niko Kovac reacts on November 25, 2021© Reuters

With the top spot already secured, it would be surprising if Kovac didn’t make massive changes to his Monaco XI.

Second choice goalie Radoslaw Majecki is vying for a rare release, while Ruben Aguilar, Caio henrique, Eliot Matazo and Alexander Golovin can also be expected to feature in the squad.

Guillermo Maripan and Youssouf Fofana are both suspended for this competition.

Changes are also likely to be made to the starting line-up from Graz with Ivan Ljubique and Andreas Kuen among players who should be recalled.

Jon Gorenc Stankovic can be rested, while David Affengruber, Gregory Wuthrich and Kelvin Yeboah could fall on the substitutes bench.

Possible starting line-up from Sturm Graz:
Schutzenauer; Jager, Borkovic, Geyrhofer, Dante; Sarkaria, Ljubic, Prass; Niangbo; Jantscher, Kuen

Possible starting eleven in Monaco:
Majecki; Aguilar, Pavlovic, Disasi, Henrique; Matazo, Golovine; Volland, Lucas, Diop; Boadu

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We say: Sturm Graz 0-2 Monaco

With both managers likely to make sweeping changes, this is a tough competition to organize. Nonetheless, Monaco will want to go undefeated in the squad, potentially leading to an additional advantage in the final third.

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